The “Functional” Tarot de Marseille

I have long held that the elaborate esoteric correspondences for the tarot developed by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn have no place in divination with the Tarot de Marseille apart from classical suit-and-number theory (elemental and numerological associations that apparently originated with the Greek philosophers Empedocles and Pythagoras). I try to avoid falling … Continue reading The “Functional” Tarot de Marseille

Intuition or Guided Suggestion?

A recent Facebook post on the Tarot History page by tarot author and deck creator Robert Place about the earliest known forms of divination got me thinking about the nature of intuition (specifically as championed by those cartomancers who only use free-association from the card images, downplaying or dismissing the value of knowledge-based analysis). In … Continue reading Intuition or Guided Suggestion?

An Alternate Approach to On-line Reading

As I've said many times before, I'm suspicious of any card-reading method that doesn't involve a querent physically handling the deck. Consequently, I shy away from on-line reading except under very limited circumstances. One of my "work-arounds" is to request that remote clients shuffle and draw from their own deck of cards, then tell me … Continue reading An Alternate Approach to On-line Reading

“I Yam What I Yam . . .”

". . . and dat's all what I yam!" (In the immortal words of Popeye the Sailor Man.) I came across a neat bit of wisdom on Andy Boroveshengra's blog Fortuna's Picturebook that I'm going to borrow for the theme of this post: "Cards are never something else before they are themselves." Andy was … Continue reading “I Yam What I Yam . . .”